New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, August 2, 2003 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 3AObituaries
“Sue” Blackwell Bock, 89, resident of New Braunfels, Texas, since 1944, died on Friday, August I 2003, in New Braunfels.
She was the wife of Bennie W. Bock, local automobile dealer and businessman who preceded her in death in 1990.
Ruth Margaret Blackwell March 2, 1914, in Lockhart, Texas, to William Carl Black-well and Ruth Claire Jolley, both of whom were from pioneer Texas families. Her father, a World War I Veteran, was pipeline superintendent for Atlantic Pipeline during the construction of the “Bi; Inch” from Texas to Pennsy vania. Thus, Sue, her younger sister, Caroldean, ana brother, Johnny Bill, moved with the family a number of times over Texas and the United States. She attended 13 different schools in Texas alone including Pease Elementary in Austin, Woodsboro, ana Lockhart High, before graduating in 1932 from Allentown High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (And then hightailed it back to her native Lockhart, Texas, as
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fast as she could!) Consequently, having to friends quickly, she never met
a stranger and made sure that her home was open to all people, especially the young children in the Black-well and Bock families.
“Sue” acquired her nick
grade school, because her motlier was Ruth and there were too many “Margarets or Margies” on the 5th grade baseball team. A popular young girl in her high school days, she was a cheerleader for Lockhart High School (1931), and named “Miss Lockhart ---1932”. Working as a beautician in Lockhart, she married her 5th grade boyfriend, Bennie W. Bock, a Lockhart automobile/tractor salesman on August 8, 1939. With their two year old son. the family moved to New Braunfels in 1944, when her husband took over the Ford dealership—a fairly frightening experience for a young wife ana mother during the height of World War ll, since at that time no cars were being manufactured due to the shortage of rubber tires.
For mort* than 50 years she was Ben Bock’s loving , dedicated wife and strongest supporter while together they successfully built up the businesses known as Bock Motor
y, New Braunfels and Seguin Ford Mercury, Seguin. They sold Bock Motor Company to Bluebonnet Motors in 1984, and at that time Bock Motor Company had won the Ford Distinguished Service Award 22 times. Along with her family Sue continued to be a stockholder in Seguin Ford Mercury.
During her years in New Braunfels, Sue Bock was known as an active, vibrant, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and community service volunteer. She never stated what her philosophy of life was. but it was epitomized by her willingness to help others. As a young mother she was president of the PTA; active in the United Fund, Easter Seals, First United Methodist Church and other worthy causes. The education of a number of children in and outside the family was a special task for Sue and Ben Bock. During the years the statewide Texas Junior Miss Contest was held in New Braunfels, their home was opened to many young women who became fast friends.
Public Service was always a part of her family’s life, having a number of grandfathers and uncles who served their country and the state of T?xas in appointed and elected capacities. Ben Bock’s involvement in state and national politics thrust Sue Bock into the role as a hostess to Presidents, First Ladies, United States Senators, U.S. Congressmen, Texas State Representatives, Texas Senators, Txas Governors, a number of local office holders, and their wives, opening their home to many receptions and fund raisers. Since the death of her husband in 1990, at a time when most individuals are inclined to “retire" she was more active in civic endeavors than ever before, including the Hummel Museum (being named Volunteer of the Year 1998): secretary and treasurer of the Hummel Club- Sophienburg Museum and Archives- andbeing honored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in 1998 as the Most Outstanding Volunteer for Community Service in the Historic Preservation Field. She served as President, Secretary, Parliamentarian and Membership Chairman of the Gay 40 s Club, a social club founded in 1940. Christmas was the holiday she enjoyed the most: In sending out customer-made Christmas cards, and especially decorating her tree with Christmas tree ornaments she lovingly made. And, a little card play was always in order. Consequently, for more than 30 years Sue Bock was a member of one of the oldest women’s card playing club in New Braunfels. Even before pari-mutuel betting, she never missed a little wager with a legendary longtime sheriff at toe Comal County Fair Horse Races! But, she was most proud of the recent birth
of her two great grandchildren.
Her son, Bennie W. Bock II, and his wife, Kathy, whom she loved as her own, survive her as well as: two granddaughters, Suzanne Garterette Badger, and her husband, Brian TS. Badger of Sugar Land, Texas; Lucretia Carole Bock of New Braunfels, two great grandchildren, Rachel Carterette Badger, and Benjamin Neal Badger; her sister, Caroldean Black-well Foster of Hardin, Montana; sisters-in-law. Kathleen “Billie” Blackwell ot Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Bobbie Jean Bock Lancaster and husband Bill, of Hideaway Lake, Texas; her nieces, Penny Blackwell Baldwin and husband Carl of Santa Fe; Anne Bock Cloar and husband Jim, of St. Louis, Missouri; Sally .Cutcher Fritz and husband, Paul of Seguin, Texas: nephews Jeff Blackwell and wife, Deb, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Roger M. Cutcher and wife Renee, of Seguin: Charles Michael Foster and
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home tor Marie Hill who passed away on Friday,
Bessie Sedlar Preusser of New Brauhfels, Texas, passed away on Friday, August I, 2003, at Eden Home at the age of 87 years.
Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and continue until 9 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Doeppen-schmidt Funeral Home in new Braunefls. Funeral mass
Helen I. Cores of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 82 years.
Visitation will be from I p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday at Doeppenschmidt Funeal Home. Funeral services will be held Monday,
August I, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 93 years.
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will be Monday, August 4, 2003, at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Monsinger Edward Bily celebrant. Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Eden Home, Hope Hospice or Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
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August 4, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dick Jones officiating. Burial will be at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Organ Fund at Christ Presbyterian Church. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Funeral arrangements are complete at tne Zoeller Funeral Home for Marjorie Goodwin, age 80 years, who passed away in San Antonio, Texas.
It was Mrs. Goodwin’s wishes to be cremated. Her cremains will be buried in the Crystal Lake Union Cemetery in Crystal Lake, 111. at a later date.-
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Brian Michael Wayne Luk-er, age 25 of Canyon Lake, Texas died Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Interment will follow at Cranes Mill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 8 PM. and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time.
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cousin, Jackie Martin, of Bedford, Texas; numerous godchildren, other cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces; ana special friends who know they are because she treated then like family and they treated her likewise.
The family gratefully acknowledges toe special care and gentle loving hands of Esther Medina, Dolores and Rudy Morales. Special thanks go to Dr. Carlos Campos, her primary care physician; for the patient and competent staffs at Kirkwood Manor and Hope Hospice; and many others whose prayers, deeds and acts of kindness toward her were a true blessing to her and the family.
In memory of Sue Bock’s active, zestful and extraordinary life, the family has established the Sue and Ben W. Bock College Scholarship Fund for graduating senior women at both New Braunfels and Lockhart High Schools. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to First Lockhart National Bank % William D. Old III, Trustee, 111 Main Plaza, Lockhart, Texas 78644.
Sue Bock was always “ready to go” traveling, even without asking where, and had the enviable energv of someone less than one-half her age. Her heavenly travel will be celebrated first at ll a.m. Tuesday, August 5, with graveside services at Lockhart Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 183, Lockhart, Texas. The journey continues with a Memorial Service at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. 572 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels. Visitation: Sunday,-August 3, I to 5 p.m.; Monday, August 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
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